Emergency Declaration Extended and COVID-19 Designated Zones Adjusted

The Cabinet, during its meeting on 23 March 2021, approved the extension period of the enforcement of the Declaration of an Emergency Situation in all areas of the Kingdom, under the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), effective from 1 April to 31 May 2021.


The extension, which is the 11th time, is intended to contain local COVID-19 transmission in Thailand. The Cabinet had earlier extended the enforcement of the declaration from 1 to 31 March, as approved by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).


At the same meeting, the Cabinet acknowledged the adjustment of the designated zones under the COVID-19 situation for further relaxation of COVID-19 control measures.  There is currently no more maximum and strict control area, as Samut Sakhon province, which was earlier the only maximum and strict control area, has now been designated a control area.


Apart from Samut Sakhon, eight other control areas include Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Tak, and Ratchaburi.


In these areas, food shops, entertainment places, pubs, and bars may open until 23.00 hr. Consumption of alcoholic drinks and music performances are also allowed, but dancing is prohibited. However, in Samut Sakhon, pubs, bars, and karaoke venues remain closed.


Shopping centers and department stores may open as usual, with a limited number of people and without sales promotion activities. Educational institutions at all levels and tutorial schools may arrange normal or integrated forms of studies. Gyms, sports facilities, and fitness centers may open as usual, and competitions may be organized, with a limited number of spectators.


High-surveillance areas still consist of 14 provinces, while the remaining 54 provinces are in surveillance areas.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department


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